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Program Goals

In the design of the curriculum and clinical experiences it is the goal of the Physician Assistant Institute:

  • To develop motivated, high quality graduates dedicated to self- discovery and self-assessment and committed to the application of critical thinking and analysis of research in order to utilize best practices in patient care.
  • To develop highly competent physician assistants as evidenced by the ability to transfer knowledge from the classroom and rotation experience to graduate clinical performance through:
    • Successfully passing the national certifying examination.
    • Acquisition and application of the basic and clinical sciences.
    • Understanding the diversity amongst patients, ideas, perceptions of care, and culture while respecting the values associated with their ethnicity, sexual orientation and background.
    • Developing an appreciation for patient preferences and the diversity of the treatments and healers they seek.
    • The ability to implement effective communication skills to colleagues, patients and families they encounter to improve patient care and outcome.
  • To develop a solid professional value system, committed to life-long learning, professional development and advocacy for the profession.

It is the intention of the University of Bridgeport, Faculty of Health Science, and the Physician Assistant Institute that we will endeavor to communicate these goals through our teaching, role modeling and clinical practice.

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UPDATE: June 21, 2017
NCCPA PANCE Pass rate for the class of 2017 100%.

General Educational Objectives

Knowledge of:

  • Pertinent historical information associated with selected medical conditions
  • Risk factors for development of selected medical conditions
  • Signs and symptoms of selected medical conditions
  • Physical examination techniques
  • Physical examination findings associated with selected medical conditions
  • Appropriate physical examination directed to selected medical conditions
  • Differential diagnosis associated with presenting symptoms or physical finding

Cognitive skills in:

  • Conducting comprehensive and focused interviews
  • Identifying pertinent historical information
  • Performing comprehensive and focused physical examinations
  • Associating current complaint with presented history
  • Identifying pertinent physical examination information

Knowledge of:

  • Human anatomy
  • Physiology/Biochemistry
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Lab and Microbiology
  • Clinical Genetics

Cognitive skills in:

  • Recognizing normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology
  • Relating pathophysiologic principles to specific disease processes
  • Correlating abnormal physical examination findings to a given disease process
  • Correlating abnormal results of diagnostic tests to a given disease process

Knowledge of:

  • Epidemiology of selected medical conditions
  • Early detection and prevention of selected medical conditions
  • Relative value of common screening tests
  • Appropriate patient education regarding preventable conditions or lifestyle modifications
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Prevention of communicable diseases
  • Immunization schedules and recommendations for infants, children, adults and foreign travelers
  • Risks and benefits of immunization
  • Human growth and development
  • Human sexuality
  • Occupational and environmental exposure
  • Impact of stress on health
  • Psychological manifestations of illness and injury
  • Effects of aging and changing family roles on health maintenance and disease prevention
  • Signs of abuse and neglect
  • Barriers to care

Cognitive Skills in:

  • Using counseling and patient education techniques
  • Communicating effectively with patients to enhance health maintenance
  • Adapting health maintenance to the patient’s context
  • Using informational databases

Knowledge of:

  • Indications for initial and subsequent diagnostic or laboratory studies
  • Cost effectiveness of diagnostic studies or procedures
  • Relevance of common screening tests for selected medical conditions
  • Normal and abnormal diagnostic ranges
  • Risks associated with diagnostic studies or procedures
  • Appropriate patient education related to laboratory or diagnostic studies

Cognitive skills in:

  • Using diagnostic equipment safely and appropriately
  • Selecting appropriate diagnostic or laboratory studies
  • Collecting diagnostic or laboratory specimens
  • Interpreting diagnostic or laboratory studies results

Knowledge of:

  • Significance of history as it relates to differential diagnosis
  • Significance of physical findings as they relate to diagnosis
  • Significance of diagnostic and laboratory studies as they relate to diagnosis

Cognitive skills in:

  • Correlating normal and abnormal diagnostic data
  • Formulating differential diagnosis
  • Selecting the most likely diagnosis in light of presented data

Knowledge of:

  • Management and treatment of selected medical conditions
  • Indications, contraindications, complications, risks, benefits and techniques for selected procedures
  • Standard precautions and special isolation conditions
  • Sterile technique
  • Follow-up and monitoring of therapeutic regimens
  • Conditions that constitute medical emergencies
  • Indications for admission to or discharge from hospitals or other facilities
  • Discharge planning
  • Available community resources
  • Appropriate community resources
  • Appropriate patient education
  • Roles of other health professionals
  • End-of-life issues
  • Risks and benefits of complementary and alternative medicine

Cognitive skills in:

  • Formulating and implementing treatment plans
  • Recognizing and initiating treatment for life-threatening emergencies
  • Demonstrating technical expertise related to performing specific procedures
  • Communicating effectively
  • Using counseling techniques
  • Facilitating patient adherence and active participation in treatment
  • Interacting effectively in multidisciplinary teams

Knowledge of: 

  • Mechanism of action
  • Indications for use
  • Contraindications
  • Side effects
  • Adverse reactions
  • Follow-up and monitoring of pharmacologic regimens
  • Risks of and for drug interactions
  • Clinical presentation of drug interactions
  • Treatment of drug interactions
  • Drug toxicity
  • Methods to reduce medication errors
  • Cross reactivity of similar medications
  • Recognition and treatment of allergic reactions

Cognitive skills in: 

  • Selecting appropriate pharmacologic therapy for selected medical conditions
  • Monitoring pharmacologic regimens and adjusting as appropriate
  • Evaluating and reporting adverse drug reactions

At the completion of the didactic and clinical phases of the University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute program the graduates will be able to demonstrate proficiency performing the following skills, tasks and procedures:

Program Specific Competencies

  1. Obtain a comprehensive patient history from available sources, including:
    Patient demographics
    Chief complaint
    History of present illness or injury
    Past medical/surgical history
    Family history
    Psycho/Social history
    Medications
    Allergies
    Review of systems
  2. Obtain a problem focused history, as appropriate
  3. Utilize information from the patient history to formulate a differential diagnosis
  4. Perform a comprehensive physical examination
  5. Perform a problem focused physical examination, as appropriate
  6. Obtain and interpret vital signs
  7. Distinguish between normal and abnormal physical examination findings
  8. Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills to develop professional rapport with patients, families and other healthcare professionals
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of normal ranges of laboratory tests
  10. Order laboratory and other diagnostic tests including but not limited to:
    Hematology
    Microbiology
    Chemistry
    Serology
    Urinalysis